As a grant-making organization, TCA provides funding to approved charities working to uphold our mission. We are providing a better life for Thoroughbreds, both during and after their racing careers. We spread the love of OTTBs by supporting qualified repurposing and retirement organizations and by helping the people who care for them. Each year, approximately 70 approved charities receive funding from TCA. Here is how a few of our grant recipients are putting our grants to use.
Belmont Child Care Association (BCCA) – Elmont, New York
Anna House at the Belmont Child Care Association provides child care for the children of parents working in the Thoroughbred racing backstretch at New York’s Belmont Park, Aqueduct Racetrack, and Saratoga Race Course. TCA’s grants help support the cost of services for the children attending the early childhood education and development program at Anna House.
Harmony and Hope Horse Haven – Portal, Arizona
Harmony and Hope is a sanctuary that rescues in unwanted or abandoned Thoroughbreds. TCA’s grants have been used to assist in the care of approximately 37 permanent Thoroughbred residents. Grant funds are used for hay, grain, supplements, and farrier, vet, and dental services.
Blue Grass Farms Charities (BGFC) – Lexington, Kentucky:
BGFC devotes itself to providing health and human services to Thoroughbred workers and their families in Central Kentucky. TCA’s grants to BGFC help support need-based financial assistance for rent and utilities to Thoroughbred industry workers. These workers are experiencing hardships due to injury, sickness, or other circumstances. Additionally, TCA’s grants assist in
BGFC provides health and human services to Thoroughbred workers and their families in Central Kentucky. TCA’s grants to BGFC help support need-based financial assistance for rent and utilities to Thoroughbred industry workers experiencing hardships due to injury, sickness, or other circumstances. Additionally, TCA’s grants assist in the maintenance of the BGFC’s food pantry used to assist at-risk workers and their families and much more.
Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER) Colorado – Centennial, Colorado:
CANTER Colorado seeks non-racing homes for non-competitive racehorses and other horses working at the Arapahoe Park Racetrack. TCA’s grants to CANTER Colorado assist in the board, care, and re-training expenses for the Thoroughbreds in the program.
Delaware Horsemen’s Assistance Fund (DHAF) – Wilmington, DE:
The DHAF dedicates itself to providing benefits, aid, and relief to horsemen and their workers. TCA’s grants to DHAF assist with program expenses including the medical clinic, dental clinic, prescription drug assistance, and drug and alcohol counseling.
Exceller Fund – various locations:
The Exceller Fund acquires Thoroughbreds that might otherwise be at risk and works to provide a future beyond the finish line at any stage in life after their racing careers. TCA’s grants to the Exceller Fund have most recently been used to care for horses at the Tulsa Boys’ Home where Thoroughbreds are used in an equine-assisted psychotherapy program for troubled teen boys.
In 2016, 71 approved organizations received a grant from TCA. Collectively, these organizations assisted with the rehoming of over 1,000 Thoroughbreds and served thousands of backstretch and farm workers. Our grants are only possible because of the support of our generous donors.